The mission of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) system is to provide institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student’s depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems (according to the National CCDC site).
All of the CCDC events revolve around securing and defending an antiquated and poorly configured network against a group of determined hackers (professional, volunteer penetration testers). The State Qualifier is a grueling 8 hour marathon, trying to keep services running while not only fending off attacks but also handling requests from management to implement new services, create documentation, and even attend ‘meetings’.
The main event takes place in the spring semester. Each participating school fields an 8-man team, in an elimination tournament with three stages; the State Qualifier, Regional Qualifier, and finally the National Competition.
Historically WCTC has performed well at the state level, taking 1st place in 2011, 2nd in 2012, and 3rd in 2016.
The CCDC also has a Fall Invitational, a ‘mini-game’ at the regional level that introduces students to the competition and its format. In 2012, WCTC took 1st place in the region, and 3rd in bracket in 2016.
The 2016 Spring Semester CCDC Team (8 man team plus 1 backup player)
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